Obituaries for 7/9

July 09, 2002

Richard B. Betts

QUINCY, Pa. - Richard B. Betts, 88, a resident of Quincy United Methodist Home, and formerly of 415 Ridge Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., died Monday, July 8, 2002, at the nursing home.

Born Oct. 19, 1913, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Richard B. Betts Sr. and Ruth Frick Betts.

He attended Waynesboro schools.

He was employed by Landis Tool Co., Waynesboro. He retired in January 1979 after 42 years of service and was last employed as an inspector.


He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the 486th Bomber Group, a unit of the Eighth Air Force's Third Air Division, the division cited by the president for its England-Africa shuttle bombing of the aircraft plants in Regensburg, Germany. He was a switchboard operator at an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress base.

He was a member of Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church, Waynesboro.

He was a member of AARP South Chapter 2977 and the National AARP.

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Amogene Johnson Betts; two daughters, Harriet Corgard of Hedgesville, W.Va., and Jenny Hale of Chambersburg, Pa.; one son, Richard J. Betts of Waynesboro; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew. He was the last of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Harriett McCune, Lorena Fitz and Anna Betts.

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Otterbein United Brethren in Christ Church, Waynesboro. Pastor Bill Schuit will officiate. Burial will be in Quincy Cemetery. The Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, will conduct military graveside services.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

Virginia D. Freeman

Virginia D. Lonas Freeman, 82, of 13923 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, and formerly of New Market, Va., died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Washington County Hospital.

Born Nov. 8, 1919, in Tiffin, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Moore Lonas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle L. Freeman.

She owned and operated a beauty shop in Edinburg, Va. She owned and operated Freeman's Television Sales and Repair with her husband in Hagerstown. She also owned Freeman's Ceramics and her last business, Freeman's Crafts and Miniatures in Hagerstown, which closed in 1995.

She was of the Protestant faith.

She is survived by one son, Richard L. Freeman of Falling Waters, W.Va.; one daughter, Mickey L. Freeman of Hagerstown; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lucille Lonas.

Graveside services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Market. The Rev. Kenneth Whetzel will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are by Theis Funeral Chapel, New Market.

Frank W. Thompson III

Frank William Thompson III, 28, of 1535 Crest View Ave., died Saturday, July 6, 2002, as a result of an auto accident.

Born April 4, 1974, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Lisa Jean Spessard Thompson of Hagerstown, and the late Frank William Thompson Jr.

He was employed in the family business, Thompson Tire Co., for several years, and was formerly employed with Conservit.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Brooke M. Thompson and Amber Rouzee, both of Hagerstown; one brother, Shane Thompson of Hagerstown; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Spessard of Hagerstown; maternal great-grandmother, Catherine McCauley of Hagerstown; and paternal grandmother, Diane Thompson of Hagerstown.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. Robert Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in c/o Dorothy Spessard, 1525 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740, for Brooke Thompson and Amber Rouzee.

Louise E. Brooks

GRIFFIN, Ga. - Louise Evans Brooks, 81, of 1558 W. Poplar St., died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at Brightmoor Medical Care Home.

Born Feb. 3, 1921, in Randolph County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Charlie Walter and Cordie Mae Prestige Scott.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter J. Brooks.

She retired from the Kmart Corp.

She was a member of East LaGrange Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Dexter Evans of Hagerstown, Rodney Evans of Griffin, and Jim Evans of Thomaston, Ga.; one daughter, Becky St. Clair of Marietta, Ga.; one sister, Christine Veal of Roanoke, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, Griffin. The Revs. Gene Wilson and Ken English will officiate. Burial will follow in Griffin Memorial Gardens.

James W. Lanham Jr.

RANSON, W.Va. - James W. Lanham Jr., 21, of 113 Orchard Drive, died Sunday, July 7, 2002, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center.

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